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Explore the Bay - 2.5 Hour Expedition - Albatross. V Expeditions

Join us for a relaxing 2.5 hour cruise around one of New Zealand’s most spectacular marine destinations!

Departing Russell, we’ll board our classic kauri tug boat for a magical exploration of this breathtaking region.

Sit back, relax and soak in the pure untouched beauty of this subtropical paradise as your friendly guide provides a lighthearted commentary on this amazing marine haven and it’s rich local history.

There’s no better place to explore these pristine waters than on our spacious outdoor deck. Here you’ll find the perfect space to chill out, relax and soak up the picturesque scenery of the bay.

We often encounter gannets, penguins and other bird life along the way and you may even be lucky enough to get up close and personal with the local dolphins, so be sure to bring you camera for some epic shots!

This short, but oh so sweet cruise will not disappoint! Book now and experience it for yourself!

 

***Now offering complimentary Paihia to Russel return ferry transfers for the summer (1 October - 15 May)

Regular passenger ferry services on the Bay Belle ferry service operated by Great Sights Bay of Islands. Ferry crossings take approximately 15 minutes. Transfer tickets and information will be sent to you by the operator once they have received your booking.

Drop-off at Waitangi available on request (10am & 3pm sailings from Russell only)

Adult $85.00
Child $45.00

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Infants up to 5 years travel free of charge. You can select an infant ticket as your proceed through the check out.

    Departure Location: Departs 8am from Russell Wharf

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3.8

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Kathleen from New Zealand wrote on 07 December 2017

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Lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon

Just long enough. I think people should be told it is an old tugboat, no luxuries. Interesting commentary. Loved seeing all the palatial, isolated homes. Thank you

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From Explore the Bay - 2.5 Hour Expedition - Albatross. V Expeditions

Hey Kathleen, Thank you for coming out with us and checking out the magnificent Bay of Islands, it is so good to hear that you enjoyed our laid back approach to sight seeing. Thanks for the great review, Warren

William from United States wrote on 10 November 2017

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THIS IS A MUST DO !

I have visited the Bay of Islands 8 times, and I have always been turned off by the big tour companies, the crowds of people, the large boats, and the high prices. Well, this time I had the pleasure to go out on the Albatross, a smaller boat with no crowds, with a very reasonable (much lower) price. The owner was actually in charge of the tour, and his first mate and he did a most professional and entertaining job. It is my pleasure to recommend this tour to all ! Thank you.

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Hey William, What an amazing review, thank you so much and we look forward to seeing you again next time you are over. Warren

Anna-Lena from Germany wrote on 04 November 2017

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A relaxing tour and a kindly atmosphere

I would definitely do this tour again! The 2.5 hours are absolutely enough to see the bay of island, except you also want to visit some of them. We were lucky and also saw a lot of dolphins. The tour guides are very friendly and funny guys and they could tell us a lot of informative stuff!

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Hi Anna. Thanks so much for your lovely feedback. So glad you enjoyed your time out around the bay with us. Enjoy the rest of your time in NZ!

Kerry from United Kingdom wrote on 08 January 2019

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Unfortunately cancelled on day.

I didn't see an email (although the operator had sent over early morning) stating that unfortunately our tour was cancelled. They were really apologetic and offered to accommodate our family on a different day however that was not possible but they were very prompt at contacting bookme.co.nz to get a refund issued to us. As we were already on the ferry across to Russell we spent a couple of hours there which is beautiful and hopefully on a future visit we can get on this trip.

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Klem from Germany wrote on 01 December 2018

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Leider vergessen

Veranstalter hat leider vergessen, dass er morgens um 8 Uhr eine Tour anbietet.

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